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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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September 7, 2006
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. No Escaping This Wireless Future 
2. Study Shows Short-Range-Wireless Growing Via Cellular 
3. RFID Consortium Picks Via Licensing For Patent Program 
4. Times Microwave Offers Free Updated CD-ROM 
5. M/A-COM Announces 8-GHz RoHS-Compliant Switch 
6. TriQuint Launches K-Band Amps At EuMW 
7. Book Review 
8. Happenings - Conferences 


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1.  Viewpoint 
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No Escaping This Wireless Future

In the early 1990's, when wireless technology was well understood but 
its applications were in their infancy, visitors to those early 
Wireless Symposium & Exhibition events would ponder the differ ways in 
which wireless technology might be used. Visitors from Australia, for 
example, were interested in counting their sheep (sleepless in 
Australia?) through radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. 
Some attendees even suggested using millimeter-wave pulses to probe 
the earth for underground oil deposits.

Still, cellular telephones generated the most interest and the largest 
crowds, and that market awareness among wireless professionals, even 
back then, has come to fruition in a world that now communications 
without wires. 

But cellular phones are just one of many different ways to use 
wireless technology. As more "add-on" technologies (such as 
modulation, error correction, etc.) and standards are developed, there 
will no doubt be the race to see which manufacturer can pack more 
wireless functions into a single product. The challenge for the 
readers of this page will lie in making sure all those wireless 
functions work when they are all turned on. 

JACK BROWNE
Technical Director

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2. News
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Study Shows Short-Range-Wireless Growing Via Cellular

Short-range wireless sensor networking (WSN) technologies such as 
ZigBee and cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies are 
increasing being bundled with other technologies, such as cellular 
systems, according to a new study from ABI Research. ABI Senior 
Analyst Sam Lucero notes: "The addition of short-range wireless to 
cellular M2M extends its reach into the local deployment area." 
Short-range wireless technologies are expected to have a significant 
impact on market growth for certain types of cellular 
machine-to-machine modules. By 2011, shipments of cellular M2M modules 
in sectors affected by short-range wireless are expected to reach more 
than 45 million pieces. Applications will be in the home, in 
commercial buildings, in industrial facilities, and in wide-area 
venues such as trucking, vehicle management, and passenger vehicle 
telematic systems. 
ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795B:49027F

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3. News
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RFID Consortium Picks Via Licensing For Patent Program

The RFID Consortium has announced that Via Licensing Corp., a wholly 
owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, will administer the 
ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio-frequency-identification (RFID) patent 
licensing program. According to VP of Marketing for ThingMagic and a 
spokesperson for the RFID Consortium, "Working with Via Licensing 
promises to accelerate our efforts to solicit essential patents 
holders and ultimately create a patent pool that benefits the RFID 
industry and patent holders alike. During our discussions with Via 
Licensing, it quickly became apparent that we share a common vision to 
bring together essential RFID patent holders with a view to 
accelerating market acceptance of the RFID standard." The RFID 
Consortium and Via Licensing signed a non-binding term sheet, which 
provides that Via Licensing will manage the RFID licensing program and 
work with essential patent holders, as well as conduct further calls 
for additional essential patents.  
Tony McQuinn, Director of Licensing Programs and Business Development 
for Via Licensing, will manage the program.
Via Licensing Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795A:49027F

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4. News
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Times Microwave Offers Free Updated CD-ROM

Times Microwave Systems has released the 12th edition of its popular 
CD-ROM with new brochures and catalog and some useful engineering 
tools. The CD-ROM features the latest version of the LMR Wireless 
Products Catalog, brochures on HeliFoil cables and connectors, and 
information on PhaseTrack phase-stable cable assemblies. It also 
contains "how-to" videos on using LMR low-loss cables, a calculator 
for determining coaxial cable attenuation, and a calculator for 
converting VSWR to return loss and vice versa. Copies are free upon 
request from Times Microwave Systems.
Times Microwave Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37958:49027F

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5. News
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M/A-COM Announces 8-GHz RoHS-Compliant Switch

In response to increased demands for RoHS-compliant components, 
M/A-COM (a business unit of Tyco Electronics) has developed a 
RoHs-compliant, single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch that operates 
from DC to 8 GHz. Model MASW-007107, which handles power levels to +27 
dBm (0.5 W), is fabricated with a half-micron GaAs process. The switch 
settles to within 10 percent of a new amplitude in less than 10 
microseconds. It features insertion loss of less than 0.5 dB to 6 GHz 
and less than 0.7 dB to 8 GHz with better than 30 dB isolation. It is 
priced at only $0.31 in quantities of 10,000 and supplied in a 2 x 2 
mm power-quad flat leadless (PQFN) package. 
M/A-COM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795D:49027F

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Networking With The World Of Wireless Communications

Learn more about innovative components, software, systems, and 
applications for future progress. Take advantage of your visit to 
electronica 2006 to enter into a direct dialog with key industry 
suppliers from around the world. Be sure to visit: 

22nd International Trade Fair for Components, 
Systems & Applications
New Munich Trade Fair Centre
November 14-17, 2006

For more information, visit the electronica 2006 site at:
 
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37956:49027F
		 		 
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6. News
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TriQuint Launches K-Band Amps At EuMW

TriQuint Semiconductor will be announcing a pair of new 
wide-dynamic-range GaAs amplifiers at the European Microwave Week 
(EuMW) in Manchester, England next week. The firm's linear amplifier 
models TGA4530 (chip) and TGA4530-SM (packaged version) are designed 
for point-to-point radios and K-band satellite communications (satcom) 
systems operating from 17 to 21 GHz. Over that range, the GaAs MMIC 
amplifiers provide +30 dBm output power at 1-dB compression with an 
output third-order intercept point of +42 dBm. The gain is 20 dB at +7 
VDC and 825 mA. Data sheets for the two products are available at the 
links below: 
Chip amplifier --->
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37954:49027F

Packaged amplifier ---> 
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37953:49027F


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7. News
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Book Review

For those interested in designing electrically small antennas, 
especially for emerging wireless applications, "Electrically Small, 
Superdirective, and Superconducting Antennas" by Robert C. Hansen 
explores how to overcome the traditional limitations and similar 
antennas, such as superdirective and superconducting antennas. These 
limitations include low radiation resistance, high reactance, low 
efficiency, narrow bandwidth, and high loss in the matching networks. 
The contents are presented in three parts, divided among the three 
different antenna types. Dr. Hansen provides not only design 
solutions, but a historical perspective on the different antenna 
types. Suitable for a graduate course in engineering, the 168-page 
text offers a balanced mix of design equations, performance plots, and 
clear explanations. 
John Wiley & Sons ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795E:49027F

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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 11-13, 2006
Hilton San Francisco and Towers
San Francisco, CA
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37955:49027F

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795C:49027F

************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************    

Networking With The World Of Wireless Communications

Learn more about innovative components, software, systems, and 
applications for future progress. Take advantage of your visit to 
electronica 2006 to enter into a direct dialog with key industry 
suppliers from around the world. Be sure to visit: 

22nd International Trade Fair for Components, 
Systems & Applications
New Munich Trade Fair Centre
November 14-17, 2006

For more information, visit the electronica 2006 site at:
 
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37956:49027F  		               

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